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Motion: Labor's overdue Office of Animal Welfare

Motion
Lee Rhiannon 15 May 2013

On 15 May 2013 Labor and the Coalition voted down a motion calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to immediately report to Parliament on the progress to establish the Office of Animal Welfare and commit to legislation establishing the office before the 14 September 2013 election.

Senator Rhiannon: To move-That the Senate-
(a) notes that:
(i) in November 2011, the Federal Labor Conference voted against phasing out the live export trade but agreed to establish an independent Office of Animal Welfare,
(ii) in November 2012 the Labor Caucus voted to have the Caucus Live Animal Export Working Group develop a model for an Office of Animal Welfare to be presented to Caucus by the end of February 2013, and
(iii) in February 2012, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) failed to show clear support for the establishment of an office under questioning from the Australian  Greens in Senate estimates, stating ‘we will continue to look at the issue'; and
(b) calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to immediately report to Parliament on the progress to establish the Office of Animal Welfare and commit to legislation establishing the office before the 14 September 2013 election.

 

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